Events at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park – April 2017

March 20, 2017

TUBAC - Arizona’s first State Park opening in 1957, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park was first founded by Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, who established a mission in Tumacacori in 1691, and Tubac became a mission farm and ranch. In 1776, as Juan Bautista de Anza set on his historic journey to found San Francisco, military authorities moved the garrison from Tubac to Tucson, and the unprotected settlers abandoned their homes. In 1976, an underground archaeological display was finished and visitors can now view portions of the original foundation, walls, and the plaza floor of the 1752 Presidio Commandant's quarters, as well as artifacts representing the various periods of Tubac's unique history.  

Today, the park holds a variety of cultural events each month. In April 2017, the park will hold the events listed below. Find out more at or call (520) 398-2252. The cost is the entry fee of $5 per adult and $2 per youth aged 7-13.

Presentation: Spain: Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine: Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest, Tuesday, April 4, 2 pm - In the Southwest we use the adjective "Spanish" frequently and loosely. Indeed, many elements of our culture originate in Spain. But the 16th -18th century Christian Spain that colonized the Americas was the sum total of its previous occupants - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Sonya Norman is the Public Programs Coordinator for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Jesús García is the founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project. They will discuss agricultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic, Father Kino’s fruit tree legacy, and aspects of language, religion, architecture and crafts that have crossed the Atlantic and become rooted in the Southwest.  $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Make your reservation today, 520-398-2252 or  

Living History: Blacksmithing in Tubac – Thursday, April 6, 9 am - Blacksmithing has a long and important place in the history in Tubac, from Spanish times, to the great mining boom, to the simple hard work of making latches for the 1885 schoolhouse. Visit our blacksmith as he creates all those wonderful tools for daily life, from nails, to latches, to spoons and forks. Includes all day admission to tour the Presidio. $5 adult, $2 youth, children free.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Thursdays, April 6 and April 13, 11 am – 2 pm - A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you.  Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Walking Tour of Old Tubac – Saturday, April 8, 10 am – Noon - Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Stevens, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or  

Hell Bent for Resurrection: A Hike through Tubac’s Many Layers, Wednesday, April 12, 10 am – Noon - Join us for a new program of history hikes to take advantage of the great outdoors and our amazingly rich cultural heritage. Join our docent for an insightful walk on the Anza Trail starting at the original Plaza de Armas from which the expedition to Alta California departed.  The hike will follow along a short portion of the Rio de Tubac (as it then was!) while discussing the native peoples and later arrivals who lived in the area.  Wear sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, and bring water. $10 fee includes all day admission to the Park. The 1 and 1/4 mile hike begins from the Tubac Presidio visitors center at 10 am, rain or shine.  Hike limited to 15 people. Call (520) 398-2252 to reserve your place today.

Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac – A Curator’s Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley, Tuesday, April 18, 11 am – Noon - Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history. Allow 1 hour for the tour. $10 fee includes all day admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 12; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or

Park Rx Day: Park-to-Park Hike, Sunday, April 23, 9 am – Noon - Get outside to hike, explore, and be with friends. Hike the length of the Anza Trail between Tumacácori and Tubac to earn your “I Hike for Health” pin, then rest, rehydrate, and catch the free shuttle service to your park of origin.  Admission to Tubac Presidio will be free until noon and all day at Tumacácori National Historic Park.

WHAT:  Events at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

WHERE:  Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - located 45 miles south of Tucson on Interstate 19 at One Burruel Street in Tubac, AZ

WHEN:  Throughout the month of April 2017. Find out more by calling (520) 398-2252 or visit

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